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Old 01-16-2019, 05:25 PM
Robb235 Robb235 is offline
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Heard back from TBI yesterday. Dr. Blumenthal reviewed my MRI, and wanted flex/extension x-rays, as well as a CT scan. Luckily my local orthopedic surgeon had wanted those as well, so I already had them done. Immediately emailed them over to TBI. They said to give their insurance team 3-4 days to run my insurance benefits, and they'd get back to me. Hopefully they have no issues with Tricare.
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2 August 2017 - Herniated L5/S1 while doing sprints (at age 30)
20 December 2018 - MRI revealed massive L5/S1 extrusion
5 March 2019 - ActivL ADR at Texas Back with Dr. Blumenthal (at age 31)
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:53 PM
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I saw Dr. Guyer yesterday and asked a bunch of questions. My insurance Aetna won't cover at all. It is nice that your insurance can cover part of it.
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started to have back pain at age of 18
DDD at L5-S1 at age of 23 in 1993
bulding discs and disc tear at L4-L5 and L5-S1 in 2017
DiscSeel procedure at L3-S1 in Feb 2018 (no help)
considering ADR at L4-L5 and L5-S1
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Old 01-24-2019, 02:23 AM
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Get His free opinion also he is recognised as best in world n is cheapest cost due to socialized medicine
you said in another thread he charges based on your job title? you said he charged you $60k, definitely not the cheapest, make your mind up man or at least keep your stories consistent.
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Injured back in Gym in 2002

First MRI in 2012, diagnosed with DDD @ L4-L5 & L5-S1

Numerous injections, caudal block, epidural injections, Discogel

Considering ADR at both levels
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:17 AM
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I had a steroid injection (two actually) in my lower back on Monday 1/21. Didn't seem to do much for me.


I'm scheduled to meet with Dr. Blumenthal next Thursday 1/31. So I'm flying out there and flying back same day. Hopefully we get a surgery date set and I can get this over with.
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2 August 2017 - Herniated L5/S1 while doing sprints (at age 30)
20 December 2018 - MRI revealed massive L5/S1 extrusion
5 March 2019 - ActivL ADR at Texas Back with Dr. Blumenthal (at age 31)
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:16 PM
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yeah I dont know I would want the best possible chance at a full recovery with no complications
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12/22/04 blew L4-5 and L5-S1 out lifting wrong
4/1/05 back to work thanks to Oxy
11/11/13 hurt back lifting again
6/6/15 last of many MRI L4-5 medium paracentral bulge with juice leaking and mid to left bulge on L5-S1
No invasive procedures except steroid shots that did nothing n hurt wicked bad
9/24/2016 Adr surgery Bertagnoli>1 year doing great
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Old 01-27-2019, 02:49 PM
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yeah I dont know I would want the best possible chance at a full recovery with no complications
That's definitely the goal.
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2 August 2017 - Herniated L5/S1 while doing sprints (at age 30)
20 December 2018 - MRI revealed massive L5/S1 extrusion
5 March 2019 - ActivL ADR at Texas Back with Dr. Blumenthal (at age 31)
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:48 PM
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Met with Dr. Blumenthal today. Cool guy. Told me I'm a candidate for ActivL ADR at L5-S1. So I'm scheduled for surgery March 5th. Hopefully it's a smooth operation.

On another note, I asked his opinion on the Axiomed lumbar Freedom disc, since I've heard it's supposed to be getting FDA approval soon. He said it will never get FDA approval because the company ran out of money. And even if it did get approved, he said he'd still use the ActivL over the Freedom disc. He also said that with the company running out of money, all the research data is lost? Not real sure how all that works, but regardless, he wasn't a fan.
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2 August 2017 - Herniated L5/S1 while doing sprints (at age 30)
20 December 2018 - MRI revealed massive L5/S1 extrusion
5 March 2019 - ActivL ADR at Texas Back with Dr. Blumenthal (at age 31)
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:05 AM
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Congrats on booking your surgery! It’s a shame these companies go belly up because they can’t afford the conduct these ridiculously expensive trials.
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L5 S 1 herniation burning feet groin pain. Undisgnosed for months finally getting answers.
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:04 PM
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12 days out from having surgery, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous.

But my flight to and from Atlanta to Dallas is booked (flying Southwest). Hotel room is booked for that week (for family to stay, and for me to stay in night before surgery, and day after planned discharge).

On another note. I'm still exercising. Not doing any running, that irritates my back. I alternate between cardio on the stationary bike, and resistance training. Resistance training includes dumbbell presses, bicep curls, triceps extensions, incline dumbbell presses, and situps/crunches. You would think that the ab work would irritate my back, and I guess it does a little bit, but not enough to stop me. Trying to strengthen my abs as much as I can before they cut me open. Hopefully it helps with recovery process.
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2 August 2017 - Herniated L5/S1 while doing sprints (at age 30)
20 December 2018 - MRI revealed massive L5/S1 extrusion
5 March 2019 - ActivL ADR at Texas Back with Dr. Blumenthal (at age 31)
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:20 PM
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Forgot to mention that I got my pre-approval from Tricare (Humana Military) for the procedure. No denials, no appeals, no fuss so far. Hopefully the insurance side of things stays that way.
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2 August 2017 - Herniated L5/S1 while doing sprints (at age 30)
20 December 2018 - MRI revealed massive L5/S1 extrusion
5 March 2019 - ActivL ADR at Texas Back with Dr. Blumenthal (at age 31)
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